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Syria talks off to rocky start

ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Syrian rebels vowed yesterday to keep fighting if peace negotiations with the government of President Bashar Al-Assad fail, as talks between the two sides in Kazakhstan got off…

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf expects Trump to curb Iran

DUBAI: Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump’s short temper…

Aleppo’s Great mosque bears scars of war

Minaret where the call to prayer sounded for 900 years shattered ALEPPO: The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world’s oldest cities,…

Bahrain court hears Twitter ‘evidence’ against activist

DUBAI: The prosecution in a Bahraini court yesterday presented what it said was evidence against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab, accused of spreading “false information” about the kingdom, a judicial…

Saudi finance ministry rejects remittance fees levy on expatriate

RIYADH: The Saudi finance ministry said yesterday there would be no fees applied on remittances out of the country, days after the kingdom’s advisory Shura Council said it was looking…

Israel OKs settler homes after Trump takes office

US in ‘beginning stages’ of talks to move US embassy JERUSALEM: Israel approved hundreds of new settler homes in east Jerusalem yesterday, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to…

Dubai toughens rules fire after high-rise blazes

DUBAI: Dubai yesterday announced tougher fire rules in a bid to minimize risks after several spectacular blazes that have ripped through skyscrapers in the modern Gulf emirate. Major fires have…

Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

‘Despite firepower, rebels still control capital’ ADEN: Clashes in Yemen killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said yesterday, as pro-government forces pushed to oust…

Militants blow themselves up in Jeddah clash

RIYADH: Two suspects blew themselves up yesterday during a firefight with security forces in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and a third was arrested in another operation, the interior…

Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

BEIRUT: A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border yesterday, killing at least four, and wounding many others, opposition activists and a resident said. Badr…

IS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

DAMASCUS: The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said yesterday. The news…

30 killed in Iran building collapse

Fire engulfs high-rise building in Tehran; firefighters among killed TEHRAN: A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed yesterday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people,…

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